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Navman offers 'private' tracking mode

Date: 13 October 2009

Fleet telematics firm Navman has launched a new service that solves the HR issue with tracking systems being disliked by drivers.

Navman Wireless has added a switch to allow the driver to toggle between private and business mileage. In 'private' mode the car's movements are concealed from the system's on-screen tracking software.

Navman's European vice president Steve Blackburn said he believed one of the reasons for low levels of uptake of fleet tracking was employee reticence.

"From optimising journey times and enabling businesses to manage vehicles more economically, the benefits of vehicle tracking have been well documented - to date however, the sales fleet sector has taken a cautious approach to adopting the technology," said Blackburn.

"Best estimates suggest the sector accounts for around two per cent of the UK telematics industry, with many employees having harboured concerns about their employers' motives for installing tracking in their vehicles.

"Considering the hefty tax bills employees face for the privilege of running a company car for private use, these concerns are understandable. However, this new function represents a real step forward in overcoming driver objections."